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#1 2014-08-03 19:59:17

Dixon Wragg
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From: Santa Rosa, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 636

"ratchet" for "wretched"

Today I encountered this:

I am not ghetto, loud, ratchet.

Curious, I looked up “ratchet” at urbandictionary.com, which said:

A ghetto-dialect mispronunciation of the English term “wretched”.

This blog enlarged upon that definition thus:

...a term for someone that is either; 1. A whore 2. Dirty/Nasty 3. Ghetto as HELL 4. Annoying 5. Busted

Examples:

My Hip Hop class I was feeling ratchet and ghetto this day lol
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Beyonce has been feeling ratchet recently and that is evident with “Bow Down,” where she goes at a bunch of unnamed chicks.
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…or if you’re just really feeling ratchet about your workday, you can just watch them now.
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I don’t see any likely meaning-confusion, so won’t call this an eggcorn. I think it’s just a substitution based on confusing two similar-sounding words, along with a broadening of meaning as the slang takes on more connotations. I just thought I’d mention it to save anyone else who encounters it from researching the possible eggcornicity.

Incidentally, I found quite a few hits for “wretched wrench”, but it looks like they’re probably all puns.

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